The Fordham Rams and the Abilene Christian Wildcats meet Sunday in college basketball action from Sports and Fitness Center. Fordham is 2-1 on the year so far. The Rams beat Norfolk State in their last outing. As for Abilene Christian, they’re 2-2 this season after a win over San Jose State on Friday. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Fordham has a couple of wins sandwiched around a close loss so far this year. The Rams took out Wagner 68-64 in OT during their opener, shooting 42.6 percent from the floor with a 44-39 rebounding deficit. Game two was Fordham’s first loss of the year, a 78-73 affair versus Cornell. The Rams were out-rebounded 36-28 in that one.
Back on Friday against Norfolk State, Fordham got off to a 43-33 halftime edge and ended up winning 77-64 after 34 more points from there. The Rams were led by Abdou Tsimbila with 16 points and nine rebounds. Antrell Charlton added 10 points with six rebounds and two steals as well.
Abilene Christian Wildcats
Over on the Abilene Christian side, they pulled off a great win over Oklahoma State 64-59 in their opener. The Wildcats shot a tepid 27.8 percent from 3-point range in that one but hit 45.6 percent from the field. Two losses followed for Abilene Christian after that: an 84-64 loss to NC State and a 79-74 defeat at the hands of Prairie View.
Abilene Christian got back into the win column on Friday versus San Jose State. The Wildcats turned a 43-33 halftime deficit into a 77-71 victory with a 44-28 run in the second half. Hunter-Jack Madden led the tea on 22 points with nine rebounds, while Airion Simmons posted 17 points with six boards.
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’ll take a stab on Abilene Christian. The Wildcats bounced back from their sketchy loss to Prairie View pretty well on Friday—despite a slow start. Abilene was out-rebounded 38-33 in the win over San Jose State but wasn’t too bad from the field on 42.4 percent shooting. As for Fordham, they hit 41.7 percent overall with just 30-of-41 (73.2 percent) from the line in their win over Norfolk State. Abilene Christian is going to have to hit the boards a little harder in this one if they want to maintain a cover/win pace, but I think the Wildcats are up for it if they play well.